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Is your baby’s carseat fitted correctly?

The start or end of daylight savings is the perfect time to carry out some saftey checks which I will talk about in my tip corner. But first my boys will share their favourite products for April!

PRODUCTS OF THE MONTH

Cillian – BazzleBaby Clip

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Hi everyone,

Mummy has found a great new product that means no more tears over lost comforters or Sophie the Giraffe!

Mummy attaches the ‘BazzleBaby clip’ to my buggy and the other end to either my Sophie the Giraffe, if it is my awake time, or to the foot of my puppy comforter if it is my sleep time while we are out about. (Mummy never uses the clip in my cot as this which would not be safe). So if I drop one out of the buggy and Mummy doesn’t notice they won’t get lost!

Another great use is in the car. I often drop my comforter in the car and Mummy used to have to pull over to the side of the road so she could give it back to me. But with the BazzleBaby Clip Mummy can attach it to the carseat harness and I can reach my comforter or Sophie if I drop them.

Darragh – Big Boy Bedding

Hi everyone!

Some of you may not know that I now sleep in a big boy bed. I love sleeping in my big boy bed and snuggling under my BAMBI bedding, which keeps me nice and warm. To protect my mattress from accidents Mummy uses the BAMBI 100% cotton mattress protector, which comes in cot, single and king single bed sizes.

On my big boy bed I also have the BAMBI Cottina 100% cotton Quilt/Duvet and now that it is getting a little chilly at night I also have the BAMBI 100% cotton Cottina single bed blanket.

Have you…?

When it’s time to turn the clock forward or back for daylight savings it’s a timely reminder to perform some important saftey checks.

1. Smoke Detector Batteries
Change all batteries in your smoke detectors. Even if you have the recommended hard wired detectors remember they have a battery back up so you need to replace the battery to ensure the smoke alarm will work if the electricity is off.

2. Child Restraints
Have you checked the restraints on your child’s car seat? Children are growing all the time and it is important to check they still fit into their car seat correctly. Please see these important tips from RACV (Royal Automovile Club Victoria):
Approximately 70% of child restraints are not installed correctly. A child restraint that is not fitted properly could result in serious injury or even death in a crash. It is strongly recommended that new restraints are professionally fitted by a trained child restraint fitter, so that parents can be shown how to fit the restraint correctly.
Child car seats with side wings offer more protection in the event of a crash.
Check the seat belt (and tether strap if in Australia) are taut and firm every time the restraint is used. A good guide is to make sure you cannot pinch a fold in the chest straps. Ensure there is no slack and no twists in either the tether strap or the harness straps.
Adjust the car seat harness straps as a child grows, which includes moving the shoulder straps so they are above or level with the child’s shoulders.
If a child car seat is to be used in a position where there is an airbag, check the car owner’s manual for advice.
If in Australia do not place a child restraint in the front seat of a vehicle.

Source: RACV Road Safety and Child Restraints Website.

3. Car Seats
It is also the time to check your child’s weight and ensure your child is in the correct type of car seat for his or her weight. It is dangerous for a child to be in a car seat once they have exceeded the maximum weight or height recommendation for their particular car seat. To check your child is not too tall for your current car seat always ensure that the child’s eye level is not above the back of the child restraint or they will be at increased risk of a whiplash injury in an accident.

4. Car Seat Position
Is your child’s car seat still positioned and anchored correctly in car? If you drive a van with multiple rows of seats, including a rearward facing row, it is easy to inadvertently fit your infant seat incorrectly. The rearward facing infant seat must go on a forward facing row of seats. If you put it on a rearward seat your baby is actually going to be forward facing which is unsafe. However, an advantage to a car like this means your older children can sit on the rearward facing seats and travel rear facing for longer which some countries have as law for children less than six years old.

Correct seat position – infant capsule is rear facing on a forward facing seat row and the forward facing car seat is positioned on a rear facing seat row, the safest way for children to travel!

Some information sourced from: RACV Website and Child Restraints Website.

Le gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

14 comments

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  1. August 1st, 2011 at 6:24 am Wendy says:

    Double check your carseat manual. In the United States, no carseats are allowed to be installed on a rearward facing seat. Nor side facing. Only on front facing seats. If your carseat manual does allow for installation on rearward facing seats, then yes, it is like your forward facing is rear facing, which is safer. Just make sure the seat won’t fail from underneath them. The forces in a rear crash versus a front crash are very different, and you’re hoping that the forward facing belt path and harness will react in the correct way for a seat facing the wrong direction.

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  3. August 1st, 2011 at 6:31 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Wendy:

    Thank you for popping this comment up, are you able to link us to any information on this please.

    Tizzie

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  5. August 1st, 2011 at 1:56 pm Amanda says:

    Tizzie, the information will be found in the car manual, and in the seat manual. You have to check both of them to make sure the seat can be installed that way. For example, a Britax Safe-fix plus can be, under certain conditions, but you need to check the car manual as well, and not all seats can be.

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  7. August 1st, 2011 at 2:07 pm Tizzie says:

    Thanks Amanda for taking the time to reply. I will pop a newsflash on my fan page about this. It sill amazes me how some people had them fitted so the baby was forward facing.

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  9. August 1st, 2011 at 10:08 pm Helena Wiersma says:

    Thank you so much for putting this up. I know my
    Child restraints are fitted correctly, however checking the position of the shoulder straps etc isn’t something I have done in a while. It’s something I just don’t think of doing. So thank you very much, I’ll be checking this before I put my little ones in the car again 🙂 xo

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  11. August 1st, 2011 at 10:11 pm Kia says:

    Thanks for this reminder Tizzie. I had out car seats checked by a professional fitter and it is amazing how much difference a pro makes. My husband did it correctly but there is something else the fitter did that made it so fixed that we can’t even budge it.

    For those reading this, even though you know how to put the car seats in, I really urge you to get them checked. It is a small price to pay in case of an accident.

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  13. August 2nd, 2011 at 7:10 am samantha says:

    not sure about other states but in NSW you have to get all car seats fitted by a pro & get a certificate. And same deal when you want to change from rear to forward…

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  15. August 3rd, 2011 at 9:02 am Petra says:

    Hey tizzie did you know that a lot of countries are making shifts – slowly but surely – to keeping young children (up to 55lbs, or at least 2 years) rearward facing?
    A rearward facing toddler seat, is 5 times safer than a forward facing seat.
    Find out more here:
    http://Www.rearfacing.org
    Or http://www.carseat.se

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  17. August 3rd, 2011 at 9:11 am Tizzie says:

    Yes Petra I knew that.

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  19. March 31st, 2012 at 6:16 am Joddle says:

    In Australia NO car or car seat manufacturer allows ANY type of car seat to be installed on a rear-facing row of seats, even boosters.

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  21. March 31st, 2012 at 6:22 am Tess says:

    No child restraint should be installed on a rearward facing seat in Australia. There shouldn’t even be anchor points for the top tether. The user manual should clearly say this.

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  23. March 31st, 2012 at 12:19 pm Tizzie says:

    Hi Joddle and Tess:

    Thank you for visiting my Blog.

    I have seen many cars in Australia with car seats on the rear facing row which have anchor points so if this is not allowed it must not be clear to parents or the people fitting the ancor points.

    Regard Tizzie

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  25. April 3rd, 2012 at 11:39 am Tess says:

    if people refer to the manual of the car seat, instead of the car itself, then they will know if they can install on a RF seat or not. ALWAYS refer to the manual. Sorry Tizzie, but I never take the word of an individual in regard to this sort of thing. Always and I mean always, parents and carers should refer to the manufacturer and the manual.

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  27. April 3rd, 2012 at 2:15 pm Tizzie says:

    Tess: it is very frustrating that some professional car set fitters are not reading the manuals then because from what you are saying they are fitting them incorrectly. Have you a link to any info on this? Tizzie

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